It All Starts Like This
“You can’t buy this tracksuit, you have to earn it.” This is what Ivet Lalova hears from her father when she finds his old tracksuit in the wardrobe and asks for the same one. In a family of athletes – Miroslav (Bulgarian 200 meters champion in 1966) and Lilia Lalovi, she has already trained swimming and gymnastics, but her eyes are set on athletics… to earn a tracksuit.
She stepped on the track for the first time at the age of 12. Her father leads her there. But the stadium is empty. No one wants to coach kids. Difficult, but she finds a coach, Konstantin Milanov.
After that, everything starts moving at the speed at which she runs on the track. She became the Bulgarian Youth champion in the 100 meters competition in 2000, and placed fourth in the 200 m at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships. At the 2003 European Athletics Junior Championships, she won both the 100 m and 200 m events.